KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara along with two others seem to be landing in trouble as National Anti-Doping Agency issues notices for failing to disclose their whereabouts in recent months. Along with the trio women’s cricket stars Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma have also been summoned by the agency from 110 strong National Registered Testing Pool (NRTP).
Though NADA didn’t collected samples during the lockdown phase but as per guidelines and sent notices to all those athletes who failed to submit their ‘whereabouts’. NADA DG Navin Agarwal also confirmed the same in interview and informed that they had also asked an official explanation for the delay from the concerned federation i.e. BCCI.
“There are two ways to fill up the whereabouts form in the ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration &Management Systems) software. Either athlete does it himself or the association fills it up on his or her behalf.” Agarwal told PTI.
“Now athletes in some disciplines aren’t educated enough or do not have access to the internet and find themselves unable to handle the whereabouts clause of the ADAMS or upload the filled up form. They use assistance from their concerned federations. So federations have accepted responsibility for uploading their whereabouts” he added.
“Similarly in cricket also, although these people are well qualified and they can do it, perhaps they don’t have the time for whatever reasons, so the federation concerned, the BCCI has taken upon itself the responsibility of uploading their whereabouts.”
The BCCI, on its part, has cited ‘a password glitch’ as the reason behind delay in submitting the details. Agarwal also asserted that the explanation from BCCI was reasonable and a decision will be taken soon.
“Well they have given an explanation which appears to be reasonable but a decision will be taken. They have said that there has been a glitch with regards to password in ADAMS. Now they have said that issue has been resolved.”
FYI, the players need to submit their whereabouts of three months compulsorily and if they fail doing so on three such instances, it leads to one Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). An ARDV, in result, has provisions of ‘up to two years of suspension upon hearing’.
Agarwal also made it clear, this time, though, NADA is behaving leniently but repetition of any such glitches will be considered from the next time. “This was a lockdown period where they are not living out of suitcases. Some of the names have also engaged in multiple instagram chats and podcasts which their agents are managing,” he said.
“If the cricket operations team were having a glitch in fixing passwords, well the five cricketers could have been asked to do so and they would have done it individually with some guidance. Probably NADA would be lenient this time but if it becomes an official warning, then who’s responsible,” he added